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The Duke Goes to the Big Dodger in the Sky

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Duke Snider with current Dodger manager Don Mattingly at Dodger Stadium. (Los Angeles Dodgers/Jon Soo Hoo, used with permission)
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A true Dodger great has left us today. Edward Donald "Duke" Snider passed away this morning at the Valle Vista Convalescent Hospital in Escondito, Calif. Funeral arrangements are pending, and no cause of death has been released.

Nicknamed "Duke" by his father at the age of five, Snider is long known for being part of the triumvirate of great centerfielders patrolling the ballparks in New York City along with Willie Mays of the New York Giants and Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees. Snider played 16 seasons with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers (1947-62) winning a World Series in 1955 and 1959.

The seven-time All Star remains the franchise's all-time home run leader (389) and runs batted in (1,271) and was a standout in baseball, football and basketball at Compton High School.